Event Photography Shooting Tips: How To Reduce Camera Shaking

No matter whether you’re a professional or a beginner, you just have to agree that camera shake is an issue that cannot be overlooked in almost any form of photography be it portrait, still-life, wildlife, or event photography.

Below, we have provided a few tips and tricks to keep this problem at bay no matter what the length of the lens is or the shutter speed.

  1. Try to put your elbows together

If you are taking the photo on your feet, it’s heavily advisable for you to bring your elbows in, take a deep breath, count to two, and press the shutter.

Yep, we are asking you to take the shot in exactly the same way your game avatar does in Call of Duty.

Believe it or not, this “military sniping” technique does work in improving your balance. And the “elbows in” technique helps to increase your center of gravity, giving you a mutual support.

  1. If you don’t have any tripod, create one on your knees

No tripod; no problem.

As long as you use your brain, there’s always a solution.

Go down on your knees and pull one knee up creating some sort of an elbow support. Support one of your elbows on the lifted knee and you will be prepared for the shot. See; it’s as easy as a piece of cake!

  1. Do you know about the machine gun hold?

It looks like this image right here.

This technique’s a bit awkward and hence, is seldom used by professional event photographers, in general. It is also difficult to maintain this stance for a longer period of time.

But if you are taking a shot on your feet, try it nonetheless. You might be surprised by the results!

  1. Sit down and create a support

Everybody knows that sitting contributes directly to increasing a person’s balance. It lowers your overall center of gravity; a result for which your balance improves drastically.

Here’s how you should do it:

  • Sit down.
  • Pull both of your legs up into a comfortable position.
  • Lean forward a bit placing both of your elbows on top of your knees (left on the left, right on the right). Here, this example can clear things us.
  1. Use your left hand to support the weight of the camera

This point specifically goes to you if you’re right-handed. If you are not, do the opposite.

The thumb rule goes something like – “Use your right hand for the shutter and the left for the support. How you use your left for the support is a completely different matter though.”

Here, take a quick peek at his image and the pose will clear up to you in no time.

In the photograph above, the man is using his left hand to support the camera. His right hand is presumably on the shutter. His sitting posture has also made it possible for him to receive additional support from his legs. Take a leaf out of this man’s book. You won’t regret it for sure.

  1. Cradle the camera

You can create some sort of a cradle for the lens between your wrist and the shoulder.

You can also gain extra stabilization on the hold by balancing your elbows on your knee. Here, have a look at this image.

  1. Lean against a solid object for any additional support

Leaning yourself on solid objects like a wall or a tree is definitely recommended for extra stability.

And if you are taking the shot on the ground, an elbow support is a must. Always remember that the stiller you’re, the stiller your camera’s going to be.


If you have any query with the techniques mentioned above, don’t forget to get in touch with us in the comments section below. We will be happy to help you further. With that, we’ll sign off finally for the day. Hope you had a great read.

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